On This Day

December 1962 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 KGMB TV channel 9 in Honolulu, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 10 David Lean's film "Lawrence of Arabia", based on life of T. E. Lawrence and starring Peter O'Toole, premieres at Odeon Leicester Square (Academy Awards Best Picture 1963)

Music release#1 in the Charts

Dec 15 Vaughn Meader's "1st Family" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 12 weeks

Comedian and Musician Vaughn Meader
Comedian and Musician
Vaughn Meader

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 16 "Lawrence of Arabia" film directed by David Lean and starring Peter O'Toole, is released in the United States

Actor Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • Dec 18 WAIQ TV channel 26 in Montgomery, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 25 "To Kill a Mockingbird", a film adaptation of the novel by Harper Lee, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck, is released (Gregory Peck - Best Actor Academy Awards 1963)

  • Dec 31 "Match Game" debuts on NBC with host Gene Rayburn

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Stan Albers, Pleasant Beach NJ, actor (Curtis-Loving)
  • Dec 6 Janine Turner, American actress (Maggie in Northern Exposure), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Dec 7 Grecia Colmenares, Venezuelan actress (Estefanía), born in Valencia, Venezuela
  • Dec 9 Felicity Huffman, American actress (Desperate Housewives), born in Bedford, New York
  • Dec 11 Ben Browder, American actor (Farscape), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Dec 12 Holly Gagnier, American actress (One Life to Live), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 13 Karen Witter, American actress (Tina on One Life to Live) and Playboy playmate (Mar, 1982), born in Long Beach, California
  • Dec 16 Jon Tenney, actor (Brooklyn South)
  • Dec 16 Maruschka Detmers, Schoonebeek Holland, actress (Devil in the Flesh)
  • Dec 16 Melanie Smith, actress (Emily-As the World Turns), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 17 Giulla Boschi, Italian actress (Act of Contrition, Bonus Malus)
  • Dec 19 Jill Talley, American actress (SpongeBob SquarePants), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestRalph Fiennes

Dec 22 Ralph Fiennes, English actor (Schindler's List, The English Patient), born in Ipswich, Suffolk

  • Dec 23 Kang Je-gyu, South Korean film director, born in Masan, South Korea
  • Dec 25 Dean Cameron, Morrison Ill, actor (Herbie-Spencer)
  • Dec 30 Henry Cho, Korean-American comedian
  • Dec 31 Don Diamont, American actor (Brad-Young & Restless), born in NYC, New York

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 6 Actor Sean Connery (32) weds actress Diane Cilento on Gibraltar

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 12 Leo "Syd" Sailor, American actor (Arizona Days, Waterfront), dies from a heart attack at 67

Person of interestCharles Laughton

Dec 15 Charles Laughton, English actor (Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 63

  • Dec 17 Thomas Mitchell, American academy award winning actor (Gone with the Wind, High Noon), dies of bone cancer at 70
  • Dec 23 Luis Alberni, Spanish character actor (The Lady Eve, Topaze), dies at 76
  • Dec 28 Kathleen Clifford, American actress (b. 1887)